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Meet Lea

Lea's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Lea (they/them) is a 31-year-old non-binary trans artist and educator seeking permanent hair removal. Due to disability and financial challenges, they are unable to afford even regular temporary hair removal treatments. In order for them to feel most comfortable in their skin, their life would be more complete with permanent hair removal for gender euphoria.

"Receiving gender-affirming healthcare will increase my capacity for happiness and contentment," Lea shares. In her personal life, Lea is a creative whose art focuses on truth telling and social Justice. They are committed to sharing their experiences as an extremely marginalized person.

Lea's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 18, 2023

    Lea was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!

Grant details

$1,250 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Hair Removal: Femme Award

On average, it costs $2,300+ for Lea's care.

What is it?

Point of Pride provides grants to trans femme people seeking hair removal on their face, neck, or an area of the body in preparation for bottom surgery.

What is life like for a person who needs this care?

For trans femme folks, particularly trans femmes of color, access to facial hair removal often equates to safety against anti-trans violence or discrimination. It's common for applicants to note issues with employment and public safety, particularly if their facial hair is dark or thick. Electrolysis and laser hair removal services are often deemed cosmetic and therefore not covered by health insurance plans.

What is the impact of this care on the recipient’s life?

Access to hair removal often leads to a more positive emotional well-being, increased confidence, increased safety when in public, and better opportunities at employment and more.